About Us

The Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA) is Michigan’s largest community school of the arts and among the largest in the United States. More than 3,500 students from 21 counties across mid-Michigan discover an amazing world of music and dance in our state-of-the-art facility.

The FSPA teaching philosophy was developed by faculty and staff through extensive research in student achievement. This innovative approach, Beyond Boundaries, utilizes non-judgmental teaching techniques designed to encourage and support the individual goals and learning styles of students. The FSPA seeks to provide a learning environment that is safe and nurturing while offering challenges and opportunities for growth.

Group classes and lessons are tought by a caring faculty of more than 50 degreed and certified instructors. Esteemed  artists in their own disciplines, FSPA teachers provide world-class instruction in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Additionally, students have the option to participate in performance ensembles and community partnership programs.

The FSPA is represented by students who have continued on to professional careers in orchestras and dance companies throughout the world such as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and Sacramento Ballet. While not all alumni choose to pursue their discipline at the collegiate or professional level, the FSPA seeks to foster a deep love and appreciation of the arts in every student –truly a gift that continues for a lifetime.

All students are welcome at the FSPA, regardless of age or ability. A variety of tuition assistance and tuition-free programs are available, making study at the FSPA possible for everyone. 


A member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.The Flint School of Performing Arts uses a ground breaking research-based teaching approach. Click here for more information about Beyond Boundaries.




FSPA was founded in 1917. Read more interesting facts about the school and how it has evolved. 

Community Partnerships

Developing relationships with organizations and groups in our community helps us share our mission to change lives through music, theatre and dance.

First Timers' Guide

Have questions about FSPA? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

Beyond Boundaries

The FSPA teaching approach was first developed in the early 1990s.

Contact Us

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Major funding for the Flint Institute of Music is provided by
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Learn more at Mott.org.